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A Monument to 150 Years of Wild and Wonderful!
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2013

Celebrate West Virginia’s sesquicentennial by sharing your stories and photos of the southern Monongahela National Forest.

Establishment of the Birthplace of Rivers National Monument will preserve some of the Monongahela’s best recreational experiences and most remarkable ecological resources. This unique designation would be an honor for this storied landscape and the Mountain State’s rich cultural heritage, which is tied to the rugged mountains of the southern Mon. Special features of the potential monument include Cranberry Glades, Falls of Hills Creek, the Highland Scenic Highway, Tea Creek, Cranberry and Turkey Mountain Backcountry Areas and headwater resources within six critical watersheds—the Cranberry, Cherry, Williams, Gauley, Elk, and Greenbrier Rivers.

The southern Monongahela National Forest means so much to Appalachia’s outdoor heritage, but its future is far from certain. Several bills introduced in Congress aim to open roadless areas such as Tea Creek to potential industrial development, while others would streamline industrial activities on National Forests and other public lands without proper environmental review. From the establishment of the Cranberry Wilderness to the Wilderness expansion achieved with passage of the Wild Monongahela Act in 2009, West Virginians have a strong history of advocating for the area’s protection through citizen conservation initiatives.

The Birthplace of Rivers National Monument would extend stronger, more permanent protections to this landscape while preserving access to all currently permitted recreational activities. West Virginians have a deep connection to this special place, and ensuring its protection would be a tremendous gift to
future generations.
 
Do you have photos or stories from this special area? If so, please consider sending them to info@birthplaceofrivers.org.  The Birthplace of Rivers initiative will be featuring guest posts at birthplaceofriversblog.org throughout the summer.

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